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Can catechyl lignin be used to create bioproducts?

An ideal biorefinery would turn renewable crops into a variety of fuels and products with little waste. A significant challenge in realizing this vision is what to do with lignin, a fibrous and difficult-to-break-down material in the cell walls of plants that gives them their sturdiness.
Now, scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) with partners at the Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI) have shown that a recently-discovered variety of the substance, catechyl lignin (C-lignin), has attributes that could make it well-suited as the starting point for a range of bioproducts. Their findings have been published today in Science Advances.
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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180928162306.htm
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It sounds like it.
That's good. I know I've read several articles about lignin over the years.
It's tough stuff and not easily broken down into something they can use.
They may have solved that problem regarding this particular type of lignin. That's great because it's renewable.
Maybe we won't suck every last drop of oil out of the ground after all.

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